February 14, 2013
Right On Feekie
Fred Allen's shows have aged terribly. The written jokes are so predictable and unfunny. I do think his ad-libs are funny sometimes, but its honestly hard for me to get through an entire episode to hear that many.
April 22, 2011
Not as Funny as Jack Benny
While I'll no doubt be in the minority here, I am not a big fan of Fred Allen. I have tried to like him, and a few of his shows were funny -- specifically the ones with Henry Morgan and Oscar Levant. They were hilarious, but too many of Fred's programs are just too corny -- like sketches with Portland. The only person I like in Allen's Alley is Mrs. Nussbaum. She was funny! While JB's humor stood the test of time, Allen's sounds dated. I don't like how he supposedly ad-libs and then laughs at his own jokes. I don't think his ad-libs are funny. It is true that Fred refers to a lot of things happening at the time of the broadcast, so if you're listening mostly for it's historical value, then Fred is probably the better program. But for clever writing that is still funny today, I gotta go with Benny!
Dodsworth the Cat
June 1, 2009
It's a shame the show labelled April 21, 1946 is the incorrect show. That was the week NBC cut Fred Allen off the air for making fun of a network vice-president, as related in his book Treadmill to Oblivion. The Associated Press reported April 22, 1946 that Red Skelton and Bob Hope were faded out by the network that evening for daring to comment on what happened.
August 14, 2008
Is 1946-03-03 (60) Chicken Surplus
Is Command Performance 460421
Is 1939-10-11 Satire on Surveys and Polls
Is 1942-10-18 (3) Les Miserables (AFRS rebroadcast)
Is 1999-10-23 WNIB Chicago Those Were the Days(excerpt only – no Allen content)
is Bing Crosby Show 500208 21 Guest - Fred Allen and Portland Hoffa
is Living 1949 49/01/30 5 The State of American Humor
is Fred Allen Show 451007 40 Auditions
is Fred Allen Show 410312 23 Philanda Blank - My Story
is Biography in Sound 56/05/29 50 Fred Allen
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is an audio recording of the NBC television show
is Fred Allen Show 46/01/20 54 A Movie on Fred Allen's Life
Is Philco_Hall_of_Fame_1945-03-25 69 The Strange Case Of Robert Rappaport
Is 1945-12-16 50 Seeking a Radio Job
September 21, 2007
43-02-08 Phil Baker should be dated 43-02-28 Phil Baker
43-04-04 Jimmy Durante (Looking for Umbragio) was actually 44-01-23 Jimmy Durante. First question in Allen's Alley is 'How did the fish shortage bother you?' Allen mentions that Jimmy Durante is on the cover of Time Magazine. An internet reference shows January 24, 1944 as the date of that issue
43-12-12 Laurentz Melchior was actually 45-12-16 Lauritz Melchior. Kenny Delmar is the announcer which places the show Oct 1945 or later. The Allen's Alley question again places the date.
44-04-03 Oscar Levant should be dated and labeled 44-04-23 North Dakota
45-11-08 Boris Karloff Renting A Room should be dated 45-11-18
46-02-10 Orson Welles was 46-03-03
46-10-30 Bing Crosby should be dated 47-05-11 Bing Crosby
September 4, 2007
Funnier then Jack Benny
Fred Allen was funnier then Jack Benny his bits like Allen's alley with Senator Beauregard Claghorn while Jack Benny had nothing like it
March 9, 2007
Fred Allen and American Wartime History
I collect old-time radio comedy. While the Jack Benny show is often recognized as having the best writers, I believe that the Fred Allen Show provides the best window into the America of his time. While Jack Benny's shows were about Jack Benny, Fred Allen typically dicussed the issues of the day, such as food shortages and gas rationing. If you want a good natured look at everyday America during WW II, Fred Allen is one of the best sources. Fibber McGee is another.